Czartoryski Museum, Krakow
Muzeum Czartoryskich: This museum was founded in 1796 by Princess Izabela Czartoryska to preserve the Polish heritage in keeping with the Princess' motto: "The Past to the Future". It is the oldest museum in Poland.
The first objects in the so-called "Temple of Memory" were trophies commemorating the victory against the Turks at the siege of Vienna in 1683.
You can see historical artefacts from the looted treasures of the Wawel Cathedral, the Royal Castle and other objects donated by Polish Families.
Influenced by the Romantic artistic movement, she also acquired objects of sentimental significance that represented the glory and misery of human life. Among these were Shakespeare's chair, fragments from the alleged grave of Romeo and Juliet, ashes of El Cid and Ximena from the Cathedral of Burgos, and relics from Abelard and Heloise, and Petrach and Laura.
In 1798, Izabela's son, Prince Adam Jerzy Czartoryski, travelled to Italy and acquired "The Lady with an Ermine" by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael's "Portrait of A Young Man" (missing!), and many Roman antiquities.
Her grandson further expanded the collection, adding Etruscan and Greek vases, Roman and Egyptian antiquities, and other types of arms and armours, as well as Limoges enamels.
During WWII Hitler wanted the best objects, but in 1945, Dr. Hans Frank, german governor of Poland and a personal friend of Hitler, brought the paintings from Berlin for his own use at the Wawel Castle.
Regular tickets cost 10 zloties, extra 15 zloties to shoot pictures and films. But lights, flashes, and tripods are banned. On paying the camera charge one is issued a special badge for which the box office demands a returnable deposit of 20 zloties.
*** Its best known exhibit is Leonardo da Vinci’s famous ‘Lady with an Ermine’, a superb portrait of a teenage mistress (Cecilia Gallerani, 15 years old) of Lodovico Sforza il Moro, Milan’s ruler of the late 15th century. Leonardo da Vinci met Cecilia Gallerani in Milan in 1494 while both were living in Castello Sforzesco.
In 1496, Leonardo represented her holding an Ermine either because her name, Galle, means Ermine in Greek or because Ludovico Sforza's emblem was "L'Ermellino"!
The Muzeum Ksiazat Czartoryskich or Czartoryski Museum dates back to 1801 and is the oldest museum in Poland.
The history behind the museum starts with the Czartoryski dynasty in the 13th century.
At the end of the 17th Century the family's royal ambitions were revived by Prince Kazimierz Czartoryski (1674-1741). In 1693 he married Isabella Morsztyn, daughter of the Grand Treasurer of Poland. Thus begins the "Familia" dynasty carried on by Kazimierz and Isabella's four children: Mikhal, August, Konstancja and Teodor.
Mikhal (1696-1777) became Chancellor of Lithuania and his daughter Antonina married Jan Jerzy Flemming, the wealthy treasurer of Lithuania. In 1796 the couple's only daughter Izabella founded the museum at Pulawy.
The Pulawy collections were partly destroyed after the November uprising and the confiscation of the Czartoryskis' property by the Russians. Most of the museum holdings, however, were saved and moved to Paris, where they reposed at the Hôtel Lambert. In 1870 Prince W³adys³aw Czartoryski decided to move the collections to Kraków, where they arrived in 1876.
The museum is known for its Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Lady with an Ermine.
The Princes Czartoryski Museum occupies three old buildings at the corner of Pijarska and Sw. Jana street.
THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED IN 2010 and 2011 for a major renovation.
Admission fee: 10.00
Photo fee: PLN 15.00
Tu-Sa: 10AM - 6PM
Su: 10AM - 4PM
We saw signs in Warsaw that said that the Lady with an Ermine would be in Warsaw until September 26, 2010 and it appears that this museum may be closed for renovations so check before heading over
Part of Krakow's National Museum, this museum is home to Da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine and Rembrandt's Landscape with the Good Samaritan as well as a large collection of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Etruscan art and some European paintings.
Unlike DaVinci's other lady, Mona Lisa, You can walk right up and spend as much time looking at the Lady with Ermine without having guards move you along or being surrounded by a throng of people. A much more enjoyable experience and I happen to like this painting better.
If you have the time (after seeing more important sites like St. Mary's and Wawel), step in to the Czartoryski museum, which contains a decent collection of art. The most famous piece is Da Vinci's Lady with Ermine, of which the museum is clearly very proud. They also have an unusual landscape by Rembrandt, another prized possession.
This is the museum with the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting: LADY WITH AN ERMINE. Leonardo da Vinci met Cecilia Gallerani in Milan in 1494 while both were living in Castello Sforzesco, the Palace of Ludovico " Il Moro" Sforza. She was the Duke's mistress; young and beautiful (she was only 15 years old), Cecilia played music and wrote poetry. When he was commissioned to paint her portrait in 1496, he represented her holding an Ermine either because her name, Galle, means Ermine in Greek or because Ludovico Sforza's emblem was "L'Ermellino"
When Ludovico Sforza married Isabella D'Este Cecilia had to leave the Palace but took the portrait with her. Il Moro gave her a dowry and a castle outside Milan where she spent the rest of her life with her husband Count Pergamino.
The story of this painting is very interesting and you'll discover it in this museum. There are lots of pieces of art in it, from paintings to ancient archaeological finds
This small art gallery contains works from the main movements in art from Europe. There are nearly 400 artworks housed in the gallery including Da Vinci's 'Lady with an Ermine' and Rembrandt's 'Landscape with the Good Samaritan'
The Czartoryski Museum is an eclectic and interesting collection of artwork and curios begun by Princess Isabella Czartoryski in 1800 and continued by her descendents. Originally situated in the Polish town of Pulawy the collection was brought to Krakow in the early 1870’s where is has remained since except for the disruption and removal of various pieces during the First and Second World Wars.
The archaeology gallery contains an impressive selection of classical statuary, sarcophagi and- always a source of fascination - mummies including mummified cats and birds. There is also an exhibition of weaponry and armour, much of it Turkish captured after the Battle of Vienna on 1683.
For many, though, it is the art gallery on the second floor which is the main attraction of the museum. The Dutch paintings are especially interesting and include Rembrandt’s “Landscape with the Good Samaritan” however the highlight is probably Leonardo da Vinci’s sublime “Lady With an Ermine”. Thought to be a representation of the mistress of Duke Lodovico Sforza of Milan the painting, c.1482, is wonderfully executed and with that air of mystery that imbues many of Da Vinci’s portraits.
The Czartoryski is a fascinating museum and the diversity of the exhibits, almost as if they were assembled by reason of the simple fancy of the buyer rather than a strict adherence to a theme, gives it a relaxed, endearingly chaotic nature like the display cabinet of a well travelled aunt.
Most of the exhibits are labelled in Polish and English and there is also a guide book available but with some rooms closed it was at times difficult to get ones bearings. For opening times – which do vary - visit the website http://www.muzeum-czartoryskich.krakow.pl/prawe/muzeumf.htm. The site is in Polish but ticket prices and opening times are fairly self-explanatory.
World-famous for Leonardo's painting Lady with an Ermine, the museum has other old masters' splendid works as well, a dramatic landscape by Rembrandt among them. Other exhibits include masterpieces of ancient European craft (furniture, china, glass, tapestry, etc.), an excellent collection of arms, and Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities. Polish history and national character can be better understood thanks to the museum’s invaluable display of items pertaining to Poland's memorable events and personalities. The museum's old-fashioned arrangement resembles private museums of the past and makes it truly charming (actually its exhibits were put together by The Czartortyskis family and given to the nation). The museum is located in the Old Town historic area in the complex made up of the City Armory, the adjacent monastery library and three old buildings at the corner of Sw. Jana and Pijarska streets. Free entrance on Sundays
Weekend, Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.–3.30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
This building was one I found with Lithuanian coat of arms on its windows. As I remember, Czartoryski was somehow associated with Lithuania.
I was happy to take free entrance into this art museum (free entrance - on Thursdays). Actually it is the best art museum I even seen - with greek and roman time sculptures, Mesopotamian art, fragments from Egyptian "Book of Deads" and Da Vinci painting "Lady with an Ermine".
The Czartoryski museum is Krakow's primary art museum. Although small relative to the major museums of Europe (the Louvre, the Hermitage, the Vatican Museum, etc.) it has a very high quality collection. The collection's highlight is "Lady with an Ermine" by Leonardo da Vinci. However, there is much more to see in addition to the Leonardo painting. There is an excellent collection of medieval religious paintings and sculpture, a collection of Flemish paintings (including a Rembrandt), and numerous fine Polish paintinings. In addition, there is a collection of Egyptian and Roman antiquities (mummies, sculpture, etc.) and a collection of arms and armor. The collection is spread out over three interconnected buildings. Visitors are allowed to take photographs, but they must be done without the use of a flash. The museum is closed on Mondays
If you do walk in the small streets of the old city of Krakow, you will surely see many beautiful buildings. There are lots of Palaces and churches.
Like this Palace, and the bridge which connects the Arsenal with the Czartoryski Palace.
The Czartoryski Palace is a museum, which shows collection of the Czartoryski family.
Highlights in this collection are Leonardo da Vinci's " Lady with ermine " and Rembrandts " scenery with the good Samaritan ".
If you have time for only one museum in Krakow, pay this one a visit. Not only is it conveniently located just by the Barbican and City Walls, it is world famous for housing Leonardo Da Vinci's painting Lady with an Ermine. While the museum also has many other exquisite paintings by old masters, ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities (mummied cat anyone?), Da Vinci's painting is definitely the highlight.
Normal 9 zloty
Closed on Mondays
Sunday 10 a.m.–3.30 p.m
Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m.–3.30 p.m
Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Officially part of the National Museum, the palace houses an extensive collection of paintings from 13th -18th centuries, including Leonardo de Vinci's famed 'Lady with an Ermine'. Slightly old-fashioned layout, and as a converted city-palace, lots of small rooms, but the whole is pleasing and manageable as the collection isn't too big that you glaze over (although one reason for this is the ravages of Nazi looting). In addition to the paintings there's an extensive ancient art and artefacts collection, exhibited in a modernised part of the palace.